Mem­o­ries of ho­tel gar­dens sought

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ROCKINGHAM res­i­dents who re­mem­ber the ho­tel gar­dens that used to be where the Rockingham ho­tel carpark now is are be­ing en­cour­aged to at­tend a fo­rum at the end of April to share their mem­o­ries.

The gar­den, built in the mid-1920s, used to be a favourite meet­ing spot for res­i­dents who en­joyed the park.

It in­cluded a lawn area and a pond that was home to black and white swans, cages of par­rots and foun­tains up un­til the early 1960s, when it made way for carpark­ing, ac­cord­ing to mu­seum cu­ra­tor Wendy Du­rant.

“We are call­ing on peo­ple to come along and tell us what they re­mem­ber of the ho­tel gar­dens,” Ms Du­rant said.

“We would wel­come photos that we can copy and re­turn to peo­ple.”

“It’s part of bring­ing peo­ple’s mem­o­ries to life and ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic in the fu­ture about what was here in Rockingham, be­cause we are los­ing it very quickly.”

Ms Du­rant said she was hop­ing peo­ple would be will­ing to be in­ter­viewed about their rec­ol­lec­tions of the park.

“The aim of the fo­rum is to add to our history and our records, so that we know what went on back then. If we don’t col­lect these sto­ries, they are gone,” she said.

Ms Du­rant said it was also im­por­tant for younger gen­er­a­tions to learn more about the City’s history.

The fo­rum will be held at the mu­seum on Satur­day, April 29, start­ing at 2pm.

For de­tails, call 9592 3455.

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